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Green Templeton College | Oxford

Professor Denise LievesleyDenise Lievesley CBE, Professor of Social Statistics and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy at King's College London, has been elected as the next Principal of Green Templeton College (GTC), Oxford University.

She will take office on 1 October 2015, succeeding the late Professor Sir David Watson who died in February 2015 after almost five years as Principal. Professor Lievesley will become the third Principal of GTC, which is Oxford's newest graduate college, founded in 2008 following the merger of the former Green and Templeton Colleges.

"I am honoured to be offered this opportunity to build on the massive achievements of my illustrious predecessor Professor Sir David Watson whose recent untimely death has been felt so keenly, not only within the College but throughout the world," said Professor Lievesley.

"I am also very excited at the prospect of contributing to the academic and social life of GTC and to enhancing its reputation as a meeting point for scholars and practitioners dealing with topics of global importance."

An eminent social statistician, Professor Lievesley has contributed to the formulation of national and international policy on statistics. She is active in developing social research methods and research ethics and an avid campaigner for evidence to be used as the basis for the development of sound public policies both within the UK and more widely.

In a distinguished career, she was the first Chief Executive of the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre; the founding Director of UNESCO's  Institute for Statistics; and Director of UK Data Archive. More recently, she was a United Nations Special Adviser on Statistics, based in Addis Ababa.

She served as President of the Royal Statistical Society from 1999 to 2001, President of the International Association for Official Statistics (1995-1997) and President of the International Statistical Institute (2007-2009), the first ever woman to hold this office.

A  Fellow of UCL (her alma mater), she has honorary doctorates from City University and the University of Essex and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Birthday Honours 2014 for services to social science.

Acting Principal of GTC Professor Ingrid Lunt commented: "We warmly welcome Denise Lievesley to the College as its next Principal. She brings considerable experience of institutional leadership and professional initiative and has made an impressive contribution both nationally and internationally in the field of social statistics. We look forward to her building on the foundations laid by Professor Sir David Watson as the College continues to develop its growing reputation as a 21st century institution with a unique academic focus on understanding and enhancing human welfare in the contemporary world."

"She will take up her role at an exciting time for the College as it addresses its ambitious goals for the next five years, including development of the College academic initiatives and estates infrastructure and provision for students, and our drive for scholarship support to ensure that the participation of the brightest and most committed students is genuinely 'needs-blind'.